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HIGH PROFILE: Belgian knight Lieven A.H. Bertels set to lead new Arkansas performing arts center

Lieven Bertels learned his craft through doing. His early foray into arts programming and organizing were harbingers of future successes.

Subscriber onlyIt's not every day that a Knight of the Belgian Order of the Crown moves into Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Small brewery, big splash - Brewmaster mixes different, meaningful beers

Subscriber onlyFor Leigh Nogy, two-time, U.S. Open Beer Champion and founder of Dark Hills Brewery, beer brewing involves deep emotion. Like any art, brewing a good beer requires creativity, innovation, a dash of courage and a whole lot of heart. Continue reading...

Iraqi students spend part of summer at UA

Subscriber onlyOn a recent weekday in July, nearly 30 young Iraqi college students sat quietly in the City Council chambers at Fayetteville City Hall, listening carefully as Mayor Lioneld Jordan talked about the challenges and triumphs of running a mid-size, southern city in the United States. Continue reading...

UA's All-Star Lyrique Quintette Releases New CD

Subscriber onlyThe Lyrique Quintette, a University of Arkansas faculty woodwind chamber ensemble in residence, will be releasing its second CD at an event Sept. 16 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. "Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas" includes two new works -- specially commissioned by the Quintette -- one by Miguel del Aguila and the second by Robert Mueller, both of whom who will be in attendance at the release party. Continue reading...

Dave and Jenny Marrs

Couple builds better world

Subscriber onlyAfter you meet Bentonville-based developers Dave and Jenny Marrs, it is both easy to believe and difficult to understand how the two came to find themselves in the unusual position of starring on their own HGTV show. Debuting in January, "Almost Home" is a reality television show that will follow the duo as they renovate and rebuild historic houses in the Northwest Arkansas area. Continue reading...

Arkansas Collaboration

Fayetteville Film Fest showcases ‘Antiquities’

Subscriber onlyWhen director Daniel Campbell took his first project -- a short film called "Antiquities" -- to the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival, he won the Charles B. Pierce Award for Arkansas Film. But he walked away with more than just a prestigious film award -- he also won a new friend and collaborator. Writer, producer and actor Graham Gordy's short film "Spanola Pepper Sauce Company" was also featured in the festival, and he was sufficiently impressed with "Antiquities" to introduce himself to Campbell. The two have spent the last few years expanding "Antiquities" into a full-length feature film, which will receive a screening at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fayetteville Film Fest Continue reading...

Fayetteville Film Fest Antes Up

New prize will help a movie get made

Subscriber onlyThe 2018 Fayetteville Film Fest kicks off on Sept. 20 with a rockin' street party -- complete with musicians, street performers and visual artists on hand -- to celebrate its 10th anniversary. That's quite a milestone for a festival that was originally intended to be a one-time event. Executive Director Morgan Hicks chalks up the success -- and the longevity -- of the festival to the unquenchable thirst for the arts in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

'The Good Life'

Rogers celebrates with a weekend of ‘experiences’

Subscriber onlyRogers' upcoming event, "The Good Life Experience," will give participants a special peek into the wide variety of food, art and outdoor activities the city offers, says Brad Phillips, Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce's senior vice president of marketing communications. Continue reading...

Sensory Iconoclasts - In fifth year, ACO art event tackles pay inequality

Subscriber onlyWhen Eve Smith, artist and Arts Center of the Ozarks director of exhibitions and public programs, and noted area chef Case Dighero teamed up years ago for a project for the Wednesdays Over Water event at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, they sensed a certain magic in the pairing. Inspired by the experience, the two put their heads together and came up with Sensory Iconoclasts. Continue reading...

Bassoonist's balance - Music and community important to musician

Music and community important to musician

Subscriber onlyLia Uribe's career is an example of what can happen when someone finds her passion early. Continue reading...

Joe Copeland - Real Life Superhero

Subscriber onlyIt’s summertime, and the movie theaters are chock full of superhero stories: colorfully costumed, caped guardians of the public good, flying or swinging or speeding in their custom vehicles to apprehend the bad guy. Continue reading...

Conservation Day Remembers Past, Looks To Future

Subscriber onlyThe Compton Gardens and Conference Center in Bentonville will celebrate its mission of environmental stewardship today as it hosts Compton Conservation Day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Continue reading...

Amy Tu -- World view, NWA roots

World view, NWA roots

Subscriber onlyAmy Tu, executive vice president and general counsel at Tyson Foods, left and returned to Fayetteville twice. In between, she traveled the world as she climbed ever higher in her career, hitting both U.S. coasts, the center of the country and many locales overseas, including a seven- year stint in London. Continue reading...

Take It Outside

Crystal Bridges continues music in the North Forest

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is determined to make the most of its 120 gorgeous, park-like acres. Take its Forest Concert Series, for example. Continue reading...

Making music for others - Fayetteville musicians operate ‘home-style’ studio

Subscriber only"Everything down to the color scheme and the books on the wall swaddle you like a ... goose down comforter. There's plenty of space to think and lots of different places to work. It is not a temple to beer and debauchery or a place piled high with gear or a slick, big, empty room. It's a place where the coffee is strong, and the cats are soft." Continue reading...

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